In the News: DfE Proposes Starting Salaries of £26,000 for Teachers

Jan 30, 2020 | Recruitment Posts

It has been reported this week that the DfE has recommended that all teachers receive a pay rise in September 2020 – from 6.7 percent for new starters to 2.5 percent for experienced teachers and school leaders, according to the School Teachers’ Review Body.

The rises are “affordable for schools” says The DfE as it is planning to invest more money into the education system, including £2.6 billion in 2020/2021.

The recommendations confirm the DfE’s earlier pledge for all starting salaries to rise to at least £30,000 by 2022.

Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, said:

“the proposals mark the biggest reform to teacher pay in a generation … We want to make teaching attractive to the most talented graduates by recognising the prestige that we, as a society, place on the profession.”

Analysis conducted by the DfE suggests that the proposed changes could see over 1,000 extra teachers retained per year by 2022/2023.

However, joint general secretary of the NEU, Kevin Courtney said:

“that the plans will create widespread dismay” and insisted the increases to starting pay “need to be replicated across the teacher workforce”.

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